BTS‘s Jungkook is one of the most popular idols in K-Pop, but he’s had to deal with a lot of painful things getting to this point. Here are some facts about Jungkook that will have you in tears.

1. He almost didn’t debut in BTS

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While it might be hard to believe, Jungkook almost didn’t debut as a member of BTS. Bang Si Hyuk, the head of BTS’s agency (Big Hit Entertainment), once revealed that Jungkook used to be extremely shy.

Actually, during his trainee time, when Jungkook was asked to sing, he couldn’t. He was very shy and would just twist his body for 15 minutes.

— Bang Si Hyuk

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Due to Jungkook’s shyness, many people at Big Hit Entertainment didn’t think that he would be able to debut. However, Jungkook ended up getting over his shyness, and Bang Si Hyuk now finds this humorous.

The company evaluation was that he couldn’t even debut because he didn’t have the talent to. But now, isn’t he such a fun member?

— Bang Si Hyuk

2. He worries about his hyungs a lot

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During an episode of Radio Star, RM spoke about the first time he saw Jungkook cry. He revealed that one day the members were having a meeting with Bang Si Hyuk to discuss any hardships they were dealing with. During the meeting, Jungkook ended up crying when he told his hyungs, “Seeing you guys go through hard times is my only hardship“.

This surprised everyone, as RM shared that Jungkook usually doesn’t open up about his feelings or hardships.  Jungkook then explained that he gets hurt when he sees his hyungs struggling with anything.

3. He thought he wasn’t being sincere early in his life

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During an episode of Let’s Eat Dinner Together, Jungkook spoke with Kang Ho Dong about some of the concerns in his life, and he revealed that he sometimes feels like he isn’t being sincere with people.

Jungkook shared that he moved to Seoul at a young age. Due to this, Jungkook constantly worried about wanting to make people like him. He feels that he’s sometimes wearing a mask and not being sincere with people.

After hearing this, Kang Ho Dong was extremely understanding of Jungkook’s concern and told him that he was doing the right thing. Kang Ho Dong shared that lots of different personalities are needed for different people and that it was a good thing Jungkook was being so open-minded.

4. He didn’t have many friends when he came to Seoul

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Jungkook moved to Seoul at a young without any of his friends or family. Thankfully, he was able to meet the BTS members who helped fill this void.

I moved to Seoul at a very young age and didn’t really have any best friends. The members are the ones who are always by my side, and the ones I’ve been with the longest.

— Jungkook

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Now, Jungkook views his members as people who are like family.

I think they make me feel emotions that are hard to describe. It feels like we’re companions, and they helped me realize what friendship is. Family. They aren’t family, but they feel like family.

— Jungkook

5. He’s quite tough on himself

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Jungkook always wants to put on a good performance for ARMYs (BTS’s fandom), so any kind of mistake is a big deal to him. One time, Jungkook was seen crying after a show. The members were surprised and asked him why he was crying.

It turns out that Jungkook made a mistake on stage that the other members didn’t catch and that he was frustrated at himself. After learning this, his hyungs tried to cheer him up, such as Suga saying, “There are some things you can and can’t do well“.